Social Enterprise News & Analysis
| Tuesday Jun 3, 2014
Knowledge-based companies have been driving much of the economy, especially in the United States and Europe. Information technology, media, biotech and pharmaceutical, financial services companies and many more are based on the ability to generate good ideas, turn them into technology and, eventually, products. The “business” of these companies is intellectual property (IP) -- basically an idea that has value. Even companies that don’t make money directly on IP have to worry about it.
IP is not only a product idea. It may also be a better way of doing business, a price model that offers a competitive advantage, or a way to achieve operational efficiencies.
| Thursday May 1, 2014
As more companies look to enterprise social networks to help boost collaboration, taking the first step can be difficult. Deploy the wrong enterprise social network and no one will use it, providing little to no value. Get it right and barriers between functional silos will fall and teams will operate with greater efficiency, flexibility and responsiveness.
The difficulties that companies have had in deploying enterprise social often start right at the beginning. It’s not hard to understand why choosing a product can be tough since most enterprise social networks look almost identical. All the basics are there in just about every product including microblogging and conversations, groups, and document, file, and content sharing. Security and other major enterprise deployment factors are also similar across vendors and products. On the surface, all enterprise social networks look the same. The path to value, however, lies in some key differences.
| Friday Jan 10, 2014
Networked organizations, personalization and customization, development of collaborative reputations: these trends and more that I predicted for 2013 will still hold true for 2014. But as the cloud and mobile mature, new trends are emerging for 2014. Kelly Services and oDesk just did a deal together -- I think this is the first time an old style temp agency has done a deal with a crowdsourcing / expertise company. Kind of like the lamb lying down with the lion, something you don’t expect to see. But we should expect more of this as markets consolidate, the IoT goes more mainstream and we see collaboration become an important part of big data.
| Wednesday Dec 4, 2013
Intranet talk appears to be on a three-year hamster wheel in which we have come full circle. So what is it that causes this cycle? It may be caused by the failure of intranet professionals to point to the higher ground — an integrated and holistic employee experience strategy. Isn't it about time to stop vacillating between concepts that are barely discernible from one another (e.g., ESNs, Intranets, employee portals, etc) and reach for the higher goal?
| Thursday Nov 14, 2013
Social tools have the potential to increase productivity, engagement and communications.
They also hold the potential of turning into an enterprise-wide time suck.
| Tuesday Jul 16, 2013
Leaving aside the astronomical market growth rate of vendors like IBM, Salesforce or Jive, the market for standalone enterprise social software (ESS) between now and 2017 will be characterized by the evolution of ESS applications into enterprise social networks (ESN) and compound annual growth of 22.3% to a market value of US$ 2.7 billion in 2017.
| Wednesday Jul 10, 2013
NewsGator found itself in a position that may sound familiar to other businesses: its employees were disengaged. The work was getting done, but there was no emotional connection to it. It was time for a change.
| Tuesday Jun 25, 2013
Open source enterprise social collaboration vendor eXo has just announced full, public access to eXo Cloud, which gives users access to the features that were launched with eXo Platform 4 when it was released two months ago.
| Thursday Jun 20, 2013
There is no such thing as a social business.
| Wednesday Jun 19, 2013
When asked about illustrating the evolution of organizations, I often come up with the famous scene from Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark, in which Indiana Jones casually shoots a swordsman with a single bullet. This, according to me, perfectly shows the inefficient and dysfunctional nature of our traditional assumptions about how business should be done in today's world.
| Thursday Jun 13, 2013
Gear up and get ready as this month's Tweet Jam is sure to be a lively one! This time around we'll be talking about the Social Enterprise -- what makes an organization social? What new roles are emerging? Where do we go from here?
| Tuesday Jun 11, 2013
“You say you want a revolution?”
On the White Album, John Lennon and The Beatles famously asked that question, and over the last two years or so the champions of enterprise social networking have been quick to proclaim an answer in the affirmative. It’s been too easy to claim that introducing newsfeeds, microblogging, @targets and #tags to the enterprise represents some sort of revolution in the way organizations communicate. It doesn't. If anything, it’s an evolution, not a revolution -- but the pieces are in place to get there in the near future.
| Wednesday Jun 5, 2013
The social enterprise is a collaborative, living and an engaged organism. It is flatter, it is nimble and it is smarter. It understands its market conditions and organizes itself in advance for it. It embraces change as its only constant.